The Cowl Neck Dress

In the throes of everyday life, it’s so easy to lose ourselves to the roles we feel we have to play- employee, sister, friend, daughter, etc. We so quickly put our well-being on the back-burner, because bills and duties and obligations are real. I came into the year 2019 with vigor, and even after my cancer diagnosis, I was still shaking, moving, and trying to make some of my goals a reality. It wasn’t until May that I felt I was losing myself, I was overwhelmed, and I recognized that I was not processing well at all. I didn’t want to slow down, but I had to.

Now, with time off for the summer, I realize after this first week how much I truly needed this time to unwind and rebuild. I’m getting to spend time doing things that I want to do, and this shoot was one of them. Getting dressed and deciding on looks that I really like was something I loved to do, but it had been so long since I even put on a pair of heels. Dressing up and putting a pair of shoes on is not who I am, but knowing what you do and don’t like is a part of remembering and getting back to who you are, and that’s a step in the right direction.

In the process of letting go you will lose many things from the past, but you will find yourself.
— Deepak Chopra

Cowl neck slip dresses are in right now, and I love them. Because they glide over your curves without fitting tightly to them, the silhouette is still very feminine. With spaghetti straps and usually made from light materials, they’re slinky and sexy. This one being animal print ups the ante just a tad. It’s from H&M while the shoes are from Target.